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In a world where every disability or disease seems to have its own sweaty fundraising event, these phrases sound perfectly normal to us. Google "autism walk cure" and you'll get nearly 2.8 million results.

But I think that some of the money they raise could be put to better use.

Although the term may not be familiar, you'd probably recognize a reasonable accommodation if you saw one.

He wrote, "The reason all the T-shirts say 'RACE FOR THE CURE' is that 'RACE FOR THE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION' doesn't fit neatly on one side of the shirt." Of course, the joke is that no organization would ever hold a "race for the reasonable accommodation." But when it comes to helping autistic people, the reasonable accommodations may be a lot more useful than the cure.

You can see a good example of a reasonable accommodation for autism by watching the story of Dora Raymaker, an autistic adult who appears in my documentary, "Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic." Dora has difficulty with the motor planning involved in speech.

She's also a visual thinker who consciously has to translate her thoughts into words.

According to the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-5), ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, including deficits in social reciprocity, nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction, and skills in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships.

The diagnosis also requires the presence of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities (DSM-5, 2013).